A Conscious Environment

Discussing a variety of things with Angelo earlier today and we got on this topic of corporations and how they run shit. This is a pretty common topic.

What we specifically went on about was how corporations are increasingly the dominant power holders, which means they are increasingly the dominant aspects of our business, social and economic environment.

They are the dominant species in the global ecosystem of business. They are the trees in the forest. This is a tremendous shift from the vast majority of human experience in which the largest determinants of our existence have historically been the rules and laws of nature.

Gravity pulls things down so we weren’t able to fly until recently and then only with a great deal of technology. We had to follow the animals we hunted until we figured out farming, at which point we had to learn to work with the plants – all the while we had to adapt to our environment – its rules were our rules. Of course over time we did a better and better job of adapting it to us at the same time we did a better job adapting ourselves to it.

What is different now is that we have more power over the natural world than ever before and the balance of power is changing the relationship between us and the natural world. Nowadays the rules by which we must live are created by humans. Imagine if, someday, gravity were subject to deregulation. Consider that the financial meltdown we had was largely the result of deregulation and how badly we could all be impacted if, say FedEx decided that gravity was bad for business because it cost them more in jet fuel. They lobby hard, get gravity turned off and now what?

This is precisely the predicament we will eventually find ourselves in.

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